Trucker High on Meth and Fentanyl Pleads Guilty in Deadly Wrong-Way Crash
Wise County, VA – A trucker who was high on narcotics at the time of a deadly crash earlier this year has pleaded guilty to multiple felony charges.
Last week, Travis Lee Tolliver, 31, of Jackson, OH, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular manslaughter, driving a vehicle while intoxicated with reckless disregard, and driving a vehicle while intoxicated in connection to a crash on February 24, 2021, that left a 22-year-old motorist dead at the scene.
According to Virginia State Police (VSP) investigators, the accident occurred along U.S. Highway 23 in Wise County.
Tolliver was driving a 1997 International 9400 and traveling northbound in the southbound lanes when he crashed head-on into a Chevrolet Cruz driven by Amanda Gail Pearson, 20.
Pearson was injured and her passenger, Perry Owens, died at the scene.
Tolliver was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries where he initially refused to provide blood for drug testing.
However, a later analysis of Tolliver’s blood by the Department of Forensic Science found that he was under the influence of methamphetamine, fentanyl and amphetamines at the time of crash.
A subsequent investigation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) determined that on the day of the crash, Tolliver had also failed to maintain records-of-duty-status as required by federal regulations.
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Additionally, the Agency said Tolliver had in the days leading up to the crash, on multiple occasions, exceeded the allowable on-duty driving hours and failed to maintain records-of-duty-status.
The FMCSA has since banned Tolliver from operating in interstate commerce.
He was served with the “imminent hazard” out-of-service order on March 5.
Tolliver now faces up to 26 years in prison.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on October 13.